Ms 126, 1903

1903

Ms 126, 1903

Christ at the Marriage Feast

NP

October 26, 1903 [typed]

Portions of this manuscript are published in CD 436-437; Te 18; CTr 229; 10MR 204-207.

“And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there, and both Jesus was called, and His disciples to the marriage.” [John 2:1, 2.] Ms126-1903.1

The joyous festivities of a Jewish wedding were preceded by solemn religious ceremonies. In preparation for their new relationship, the parties performed certain rites of purification and confessed their sins. Ms126-1903.2

A most interesting part of the ceremony took place in the evening when the bridegroom went to meet his bride and bring her to his home. At the house of the bride a company of invited guests awaited the appearance of the bridegroom. As he approached the cry went forth, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” [Matthew 25:6.] The bride, clothed in pure white, her head encircled with flowers, received the bridegroom, and, accompanied by the guests, they went from her father’s house. By torchlight, with impressive display, with sounds of singing and instruments of music, the procession slowly proceeded to the house of the bridegroom, where a feast was provided for the guests. Ms126-1903.3

For the feast the best food that could be secured was provided. Unfermented wine was used as a beverage. Ms126-1903.4

It was the custom of the time for marriage festivities to continue several days. On this occasion, before the feast ended, it was found that the supply of wine had failed. When a call was made for more wine, Jesus’ mother, thinking that He might suggest something to relieve the embarrassment, came to Him and said, “They have no wine.” [John 2:3.] Ms126-1903.5

Jesus replied, “Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come.” [Verse 4.] Ms126-1903.6

Jesus loved and honored His mother, and His words were not spoken disrespectfully. Notwithstanding His reply, Mary felt assured that He would do something to help them in their perplexity. Ms126-1903.7

The active part that Mary took in this feast indicates that she was not merely a guest, but a relative of one of the parties. As one having authority, she said to the servants, “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.” [Verse 5.] Ms126-1903.8

“And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing about two or three firkins apiece. Jesus said unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them to the brim.” [Verses 6, 7.] Ms126-1903.9

Christ did not touch the water, nor approach the jars. He simply said to the servants, “Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine,” with glad surprise he said to the bridegroom, “Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” [Verses 8-10.] The bridegroom made no reply. He knew not whence this wine had come. Ms126-1903.10

In answer to the inquiries that arose, the servants gave an account of the miracle by which water had been changed to wine of the purest flavor. Ms126-1903.11

The action of Christ at this time was left on record for all ages, that men might see that Christ did not fail even in such a perplexity as arose on this occasion. Ms126-1903.12

Yet He never worked a miracle to help Himself. A few days before this He had refused to satisfy His own hunger by changing a stone into bread at Satan’s suggestion. He refused to work a miracle to supply His own necessities; He refused to secure popular favor by casting Himself from the dizzy height of the temple into the surging crowds below, saving Himself from injury by the exercise of His divine power. Ms126-1903.13

“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth His glory, and His disciples believed on Him.” [Verse 11.] This action increased the confidence of these humble fishermen whom He was preparing to lay the foundation of His new kingdom. Throughout Palestine an interest was awakened in Christ and His work. Ms126-1903.14